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Celtics legend JoJo White passes away at 71 after battle with cancer

Michael Dixon

Basketball Hall of Famer and former NBA Finals MVP JoJo White, who spent the majority of his career with the Boston Celtics, has passed away at the age of 71. A former teammate of White’s told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, who shared the news on Twitter.

White’s NBA career lasted from 1969-1981. He was drafted by the Celtics and remained with Boston until the 1978-79 season. He finished his career with the Golden State Warriors (1979-80) and the then Kansas City Kings (1980-81).

Prior to his NBA career, White was a standout at Kansas and a member of the 1968 Olympic basketball team, which won the Gold Medal.

He made every All-Star team from 1971-1977, was a two time NBA Champion (1974, 1976), winning the Finals MVP during Boston’s six-game victory over the Phoenix Suns in 1976. His No. 15 jersey is retired by the Jayhawks, while his No. 10 is retired by the Celtics. White was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2015.